Coming up this weekend – a conference organised by the German Society of Design Research and Theory (dgtf) on Civic Design, taking place at the art and design university Burg Giebichenstein in Halle (Saale). , The gist of the event in their own words:
“We are currently experiencing a new discursive and practical shift toward the political and social dimensions in design. In close interaction to social upheavals of the last few decades, the discipline of design is currently seeking to redefine itself in its relationship to socio-political complexity. For this Conference we will be addressing both the practical as well as the theoretical and normative approaches to situate and differentiate design’s new relations to politics and society.
We will simultaneously try to trace the historical developments that have led to this new negotiation in order to form the basis for discussion that synthesizes past theses and goes further. What historical approaches are being referred to, which are we ignoring? What models and self-understandings do we assume, how can we contextualize these roles? What impact can we have on this context, what contributions can we make, where are the pitfalls?
How far dare we go in understanding these new developments as “design” and at what point are we talking about something else entirely?”
Here some more info on the conference. More stories to tell after attending! Stay tuned.